John Mara discusses potential rule changes

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Giants President John Mara, a member of the NFL's competition committee, discussed potential rule changes for 2014

Evaluating prospects isn’t the only order of business this week in Indianapolis.


As teams convene for the annual NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Competition Committee, according to the Associated Press, met on Wednesday to discuss issues surrounding the league, including the replay system and playoff expansion.

The report says the committee is “unlikely” to make major changes to both this year but noted that no consensus was reached. More meetings are scheduled for this week.

“There’s still a lot of discussion to be done,” Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said in reference to using a single location for replay reviews. “I think it’s going to be difficult to get done on that this year.”

The current system has the head referee go “under the hood” to decide whether or not to overturn a call on the field. The discussion of a possible change comes after both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League adopted the centralized replay system.

Meanwhile, playoff expansion was also on the table.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently said the committee will consider adding one team per conference to the playoff field, upping the current format from 12 teams to 14. 

Mara also commented on the issue to the Associated Press.

“I like the way it works right now and I would be a little nervous about watering it down,” he said. “We did have a situation this year where a 10-win team didn’t get in the playoffs and that’s tough to stomach. We were in that situation a few years ago, and (expansion) would pretty much ensure that didn’t happen.”